Jose Mourinho named a rather questionable lineup against Fulham. Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle both found their way into the starting XI; Juan Mata and David Luiz were not even good enough to make the bench.
Samuel Eto’o was again given a start ahead of Fernando Torres, despite being 32 years old and already having played 90 minutes twice in the past week.
The first half was once again frustratingly underwhelming, as Chelsea failed to really threaten the Fulham. Eto’o had Chelsea’s best chance in the fifth minute, but failed to convert at the near post from a Branislav Ivanovic cross. The best opportunity of the half fell to the visitors, as Gary Cahill lost track of Darren Bent, but the former Aston Villa man failed to convert a glorious opportunity. As the half wore on Chelsea supporters grew anxious and began to boo their beloved club.
The second half started much brighter for the home team, and the Stamford Bridge faithful were able to breathe a sigh of relief on 51 minutes as Oscar continued his fine start to the season, dispatching a poorly-parried David Stockdale save.
Fulham should have equaled through Steve Sidwell three minutes later, but his open header went wide. Eto’o was finally given a reprieve on 64 minutes, as he was withdrawn in favor of Fernando Torres.
There were cries for a penalty on 70 as Ramires went down after a clumsy challenge from Fernando Amorebieta, but Andre Mariner waved away the Blues protests. The match was put to bed on 83 minutes, as John Obi Mikel ended his 258 match drought with a half volley off a corner. In the end Chelsea came away with a much needed result, but there will certainly be questions asked about Mourinho’s squad selection.
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